Everything you need to know about coming to FAU
Important and useful tips
If you come to FAU from a different country, many things may be new to you. In this section, we have collected all the information you need to know and take into account, both before coming to FAU and during your stay here. You can find all the information you need to help you settle in and make the most of your time here on our websites and in the video portal below. It is even easier if you book one of our welcome packages.
Getting to know Erlangen, Nuremberg and the region
Getting off to a good start
All the support services at FAU are available to you as soon as you have been offered and accepted a place at FAU. Contact the Student Advice and Career Service and check the websites for your degree programme to see what’s in store for you.
The University and the faculties offer a number of welcome events when you first arrive. In Germany, students are expected to be very independent, but we will be by your side all the time you study here.
Arrival: Entering Germany and coping with formalities
After you have accepted a place, you have to start organising your arrival in Germany and the registration formalities. We have gathered together all the information you need on our websites. Click on the points in the menu on the left, or consult our First steps glossary. One of the first things you need to do is to find an apartment.
Support when studying
Once you have enrolled, you have access to a network of support services. The Central Office for International Affairs is particularly important for international students. You will always be able for find someone there who can help with all your problems. On the contacts page, you can also find a list of the international offices at the faculties. There is also information on spending time abroad during your degree.
Service centres for students at FAU:
- If you need help with your degree programme, drawing up your timetable or structuring your studies you can contact the Student Service Centres. One tip in advance: Read through the module plans and the degree programme and examination regulations for your degree programme carefully.
- The Students’ representatives listen to students’ concerns and also provide a list of all initiatives and university groups – the perfect way to find new friends! University Sports is another great way to meet new people.
- Start thinking about your career while you’re still at university: the Career Service is available to provide advice on all the questions you may have about starting work.
Points of contact for issues not directly related to university:
- The Office of Equality and Diversity helps students with all issues concerning equal opportunities. Some of the main services they offer include the Diversity Scouts and the Learning Lab. Students with children can turn to the Family Service.
- Student Services offer a lot of assistance. They run the cafeterias and student accommodation at FAU. They also provide counselling services with a focus on mental health , social work and legal issues..
All other service centres are listed on our website. Lots of useful information on starting studying is available on our page dedicated to the start of the semester. Also good to know: How do the FAUcard and the semester ticket work?
FAU provides a number of videos which guide you through everything you need to know when starting at FAU. The most important ones are listed here, but there are a lot more to discover in our Youtube playlist.